What is your favorite food to eat at Thanksgiving?
Happy Halloween! What was your costume?
If you are gluten free, then at Halloween you get lots of candy–and you have to sort out which ones are Gluten Free. This requires LOTS of Google searches, so I just made a list that I can edit over time to add new candies.
Gluten Free Candy:
- Baby Ruth
- 3 Musketeers
- Swedish Fish
- Sour Patch Kids
- Almond Joy (except for Almond Joy Pieces)
- Laffy Taffy
- Butterfingers (Original ONLY)
- Jelly Belly (all of their products are GF)
- Smarties (all products are GF)
- Hershey Kisses
- Tootsie Rolls
That’s it so far. Just remember to ALWAYS check the labeling!
I made this really awesome Hogwarts Express train as a decoration for Halloween. It is really fun. It can even double as a hideout if you go behind it! There are windows made from paper, and you can put a face in it or whatever you want. In one of my windows I put a ghost. If you wanted then it wouldn’t even have to be the Hogwarts Express or a Halloween decoration. You could make it just be a train for playing with.
What You Need for Making the Hogwarts Express:
- Four pieces of paper
- About five Perler beads
- Hot glue
- Hot glue gun
- Red paint
- Small stick
How to Make it:
- Take your cardboard box and cut it so that is is flat and makes a long rectangle. Then cut it so that it has the front part, cutting out a smaller rectangle. Keep this rectangle. You will use it for the wheels. Then you can use a Sharpie and draw where you want the windows and wheels to be. The wheels can be any size, but the windows should be about the size of half a sheet of 8 by 11 paper. Now get your red paint and your paintbrush and paint the train! Don’t paint over the outlines of the wheels and the windows, but it’s okay if you get a little bit on it. Then let it dry.
- Now cut out wheels that fit the outlines you drew. Using a Sharpie, draw a small circle inside each of the cardboard wheels. Now cut the sheets of paper in half, one half for each window. Cut one extra half and set it aside for the ghost later. Take your hot glue gun and hot glue the wheels and the window pieces over their outlines. Let the glue harden.
- Next color one of your windows black with a Sharpie. Then cut a shape of a ghost from the last half sheet of paper. Draw a face on it and then hot glue it to the black window. Using one of the scraps from the piece of paper, make a speech bubble and write a Harry Potter spell such as Accio in it. Then hot glue it above the ghost. Now get the small stick. This will be the ghost’s wand. Hot glue it onto the ghost or near the ghost. Then using another scrap, cut out a lightning bolt and color it yellow. Hot glue it right above the wand so it looks like the ghost is casting a spell. Now using one more scrap of paper, hot glue the Perler beads on top of it. The Perler beads will be little candies. Then hot glue the piece of paper with the Perler beads on it above the lightning bolt. Ta da! You’re done!
This is a simple DIY craft tutorial on how to make mini soaps. These soaps are the perfect size for Lottie Dolls, but remember that Lottie Dolls are NOT waterproof dolls. You could use these to wash the doll clothes, but NOT the doll. Also remember to be careful with your pocketknife. Other than those things then this is good for kids to do! It is really fun and quick, perfect for a rainy day.
Things You Need:
- Bar of Soap
How to Make it:
Step 1: Cut a few pieces of white paper, each about 2 centimeters tall and 1 centimeter wide. Take your pocketknife and bar of soap and carefully cut a few small rectangles of soap, each about a half centimeter wide and one centimeter tall.
Step 2: Take a piece of paper and fold it in half so that it looks like a book (like two imperfect squares next to each other). Make sure you DON’T fold it so that it looks like a hot dog bun. Write “SOAP” on the paper. Then tape two sides so that there is an opening at the top for the soap to go in. Cut off any extra tape hanging at the bottom, but make sure it is still able to seal.
Step 3: Put a small rectangle of soap in the opening. Now you’re done with one soap bar! Repeat steps 2-3 until you have used up all the pieces of soap and the pieces of paper.
If you liked these, then you would probably also would like these Mini Doughnuts.
Hidden Variables in a Lecture
The law of probability,
The echo of silence.
The ghost of whispers
hidden variables, hidden in a chest on a secret island in the blue sea.
Tracing glitter on my fingernail
Tracing footsteps in my mind
Through history and beyond.
thoughts of long lost
drifting down the river
no sound at all.
I long for the sound.
I will find the chest
of hidden variables
armed in silver gold and leather
small daggers hanging
from my belt
a compass in my pocket
good luck in my left hand
a sword in my right,
and a desire in my mind.
I am a warrior,
I am strong
I will break the silence
once and for all
and find that chest of hidden variables
raising my voice
freedom for all!
Sound will spring up
I am released from the daydream
lifted gently to reality
back to the lecture
the professor still talking
on probabilities and variables.
But I find magic in that voice–
tales of adventure,
tales of magic,
all just for me.
I wrote this poem while sitting in a lecture by my dad.
What Silence Sounds Like
Silence sounds to me
like ghost winds floating round
a person with no voice
words without sound
fog rising over still water
the turns of a page
a lonely fire
shining in darkness
shining over the silence.
I am SOOO excited for November, National Novel Writing Month! During NaNoWriMo Camp 2017 I reached my goal of 20,000. I’m hoping to finish editing and revising it before November. What do you think your goal for NaNoWriMo 2017 will be? I think I will try to have a goal of 30,000 this year. Last year during NaNoWriMo 2016 I had a goal of 3,000–and I reached it pretty easily. So this year I’m multiplying my goal by ten. I hope I can reach it! Are you planning to participate in NaNoWriMo 2017?
I made these adorable mini doughnuts. You can use them as beads and string them on pipe cleaners, or you can put them on rings, necklaces, or earrings! You could even put them on hair clips to make a doughnut hair clip. My size is about a centimeter tall and a centimeter wide. These are the perfect size for Lottie Dolls, but you could also make bigger versions.
- Hot Glue Gun
- Hot Glue Gun Sticks
- Gold Paint (I used this one and it turned out really well)
- Parchment Paper
- Paper or plastic plate that you don’t care about if it gets paint on it
How to Make It:
- Heat up your hot glue gun. Put a hot glue stick in it. Then hot glue small doughnut shapes onto the parchment paper, each about a centimeter tall and a centimeter wide. Wait for them to cool and harden, then carefully peel them off of the parchment paper. Pull off any little strings of hot glue.
- Put the hot glue doughnuts on the plate, then get the gold paint and the paintbrush. Paint the top part of the doughnut–don’t paint the bottom half that is touching the plate. Paint the sides. Paint multiple layers of paint (I did three) then let them dry overnight.
- Once the doughnuts have sat out to dry overnight, check to make sure that they are dry. If they aren’t, let them sit out for another night. If they are dry then get your Sharpies out. Pick out the darkest and most vibrant colors. Then color on the frosting with your colors. Let the Sharpie dry for a few minutes, then you’re done!
How did your doughnuts turn out? I was very happy with mine! What was your favorite color for the doughnut frosting? Mine was the royal blue or the dark red. It looked very vibrant.
leaves on fire
in the sharp fresh cold wind.
Wind blows colorful leaves down
into an ice cold stream.
Two gentle deer, running away from the wind
in the tall grass
Four children walk
back from school
combine with the rushing stream
a perfect harmony
to the end
delight the dark
And the four children
all in costumes,
parade down the street
baskets of candy in their hands